October 14, 1998

Martin Lee to Attend Conference of Asian Democrats on Political Responses to Asian Economic Crisis

On October 15-17, Martin Lee will attend a conference on political responses to Asia's economic crisis in Bangkok. The conference is organized by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats and the Thailand Democrat Party. While in Bangkok, Mr. Lee will also meet with senior Thai government officials and prominent parliamentarians and democrats from the region.

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) is a forum of liberal and democratic parties and organizations founded in 1993. Martin Lee will participate in a panel on the global and regional implications of the Asian crisis, chaired by Thailand Foreign Minister Surin Pitsuwan, and chair a second panel on political reforms.

Commenting on the purpose of the conference before departing for Bangkok, Martin Lee said:

This conference brings together Asian democrats at an important time in Asia's political development. There is a new consensus on the need for democratic reforms throughout the region. I look forward to working with the conference participants to identify ways to accelerate and institutionalize democratic reforms in Asia."


Date: October 15-17, 1998

Venue: Democrat Party Headquarters and Emerald Hotel

Contact: Friedrich Naumann Stiftung/Bangkok, Tel. (65) (02) 308-2512

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